There are two types of veterinary care that we at Lime Trees – like any other practice, for that matter – offer. The first is what everyone thinks of – treating sick, injured or ill animals. And this is really important, and really satisfying to us, as well as being incredibly important for you! We call this “reactive medicine” – sometimes also known as “fire brigade medicine” because when you need us, we’re here. However, there’s another type – “preventative medicine” or “proactive medicine”. This is where we try to stop your animal from getting ill in the first place. After all, prevention is better than cure! It’s also a lot cheaper… and in this blog, we’re going to look at our PetPlusMember pet health plans, intended to help you keep your pet fit and healthy, for longer, while paying less.

What is a pet health plan?

Essentially, it’s a way of paying a fixed price, spread out over the year, to cover the preventative health costs for your pet – wormers, flea treatment, vaccines, and check-up consultations. That way there aren’t any sudden nasty bills, it helps you budget, and because we know what you’ll need and roughly when, we can give a big discount on the prices.

Isn’t that the same as pet insurance?

No: pet insurance pays for TREATMENT – medicine, surgery, vet fees etc. – if your pet becomes ill or is injured. In other words, for the “reactive medicine”. The pet health plan pays for the “preventative medicine”.

What do I get for it?

Included within the price are:

  • All the annual vaccinations to prevent serious and life-threatening infectious diseases (distemper, hepatitis, parvo, leptospirosis and kennel cough for dogs; panleukopenia, cat flu and feline leukaemia for cats), including a consultation with a vet.
  • Year-round flea treatment, to prevent infestations on your pets, in your house, or even on the family!
  • Year-round worm treatment – dogs and cats carry a wide range of worms, which can cause weight loss, diarrhoea, pot-bellies, intestinal disorders, and itchy bottoms. Some of these can be transmitted to humans, especially children, where they can cause liver, brain and eye disease. By treating regularly, we prevent the constant stream of worm larvae that our pets are exposed to from developing into active infections.
  • Free nurse consultations (including anal glands and nail clipping)
  • 3 EXTRA free consultations with a vet, whenever you need them. It’s always best to get any niggles seen to sooner rather than later, before they become serious problems. And most diseases and conditions are easier to treat the earlier they are detected!
  • No admin fees on direct insurance claims.
  • Money off other services, including initial vaccination courses, neutering, microchipping, dentals.
  • Money off all food bought through the practice.

If you have an older pet, you might also want to consider the Gold plans which, as well as everything above, include:

  • 2 urine screening tests per year, to pick up early signs of kidney problems or diabetes.
  • An annual blood screen test, to make sure that all your pet’s internals are working as they should.
  • 2 blood pressure checks per year – high blood pressure is a common problem in older cats; in dogs, we also worry about hypertension in kidney disease, or low pressure in early heart problems. By regular monitoring, we can act in time to minimise the risks of strokes or blindness.

Is it worth it?

If you are keeping your pet up to date with all their preventative treatments (as you really should be!), and getting any problems checked out promptly, then you will definitely save money. On the standard plans, we’d expect you to save between £164 and £297 per year. On the Gold plans, the savings are even higher – £391 to £441!

How can I find out more?

You can read the details of the plan on our website, here; or give us a ring.

If you’re interested, give us a ring to talk to one of our staff, or click here to join!